Altoona, Pa. (August 16, 2018) — Sheetz For The KidzTM is proud to announce the Sheetz employee-driven charity raised more than $598,000 during its annual July campaign through customer donations. A new July record for the nonprofit, this exceeds last July’s campaign fundraising total by more than $34,000. One hundred percent of customer donations are used to directly support Sheetz For The Kidz programs.
“We are grateful for our customers and employees who continue to drive our fundraising campaigns every July and December," said Sarah Piper, Executive Director of Sheetz For The Kidz. “All donations will support local children during the holidays and grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions living in our communities!”
Throughout the 2018 holiday season, Sheetz For The Kidz will support close to 9,500 children, which amounts to 16 children from each of Sheetz's 578 stores. Sheetz For The Kidz works with the Salvation Army to receive wish lists from local families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Sheetz employees then volunteer their time to shop, wrap and host holiday parties for the children and their families. At the holiday parties, Santa greets the children and presents them with new toys, clothes and basic necessities purchased specifically for them.
This also marks the 13th consecutive year of Sheetz For The Kidz partnering with Make-A-Wish to grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The charity sponsors one child per Sheetz operating district, totaling 55 children this year.
About Sheetz For The Kidz
Sheetz For The Kidz is a non-profit organization, designated as a 501(c) (3) charity, independent of the Sheetz Corporation. The organization was created in 1992 by local store employees wanting to help local children. The mission of the charity is to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children in need within the communities in which Sheetz operates. To date, the charity has impacted more than 110,000 children living in the communities Sheetz serves!
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 135 years in the United States. Nearly 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster survivors, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish come true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 35,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 34 minutes. It has granted more than 300,000 wishes since its inception in 1980—more than 15,400 in 2017 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.